U.S. law schools “will give the green light to complete the entrance test requirements,” the Washington Post reported, “on the recommendation of a key committee of the American Bar Association, which is scheduled to meet in open session this month.”
The proposal is still under close scrutiny in the ABA and will take effect no earlier than next year. If approved, it may challenge the dominant role of the law school entrance test, or LSAT, on the path to legal education.
Some context with US Week:
Like SAT on admission to the undergraduate program, LSAT was accused of racial bias and promoting destructive obsession with ratings. Critics also argue that LSAT, which was designed to predict performance, has little to do with professional achievement …
However, the incentives for law schools to abandon LSAT are not just political … [L]aw schools are facing declining applications after a surge of interest caused by the pandemic. This is partly because rumors are circulating that the legal profession is not as glamorous and lucrative as people imagine or portray the media. Taking alternative exams such as the GRE, or a completely optional test can help increase enrollment, especially in marginalized institutions.
The article emphasizes that recognized law students will still have to pass a formal certification “bar exam” before they are actually allowed to practice rights.